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Furnishing Idea is the portal dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, designed to bring together different professionals such as architects, designers, carpenters, furniture makers and manufacturers active in the furniture market who represent the reference point in terms of innovation and quality of the product offered. On the other hand, the portal aims to provide a valid information service focused on products, projects, events and fairs and everything that revolves around the world of components, semi-finished products and accessories for the furniture industry.


The portal is divided into different sections where you can explore the different products according to different categories, get in touch with manufacturers, download catalogues to keep up with industry trends and watch videos of interviews with the best professionals and manufacturers.


In the articles section you can find all the information about the most innovative product technologies, such as furniture materials, furniture accessories and systems, furniture machinery, furniture hardware, manufactured by manufacturers with a solid experience in the field. In the companies section there is an overview of the manufacturers registered on our portal, divided by product category, where you can contact us for any request. Our portal also has a special catalogues section to allow professionals and operators in the sector to view in a practical way all the catalogues relating to the various products (furniture hardware, upholstery materials, furniture paints, etc.). In addition, to allow easy consultation of the products, our portal has reserved a product section, organized by categories, where you can find out about the technical characteristics, materials and functionality of each product. The video section, on the other hand, presents numerous video interviews given by professionals and manufacturers that report news, insights and informative content on the best technologies in the sector.


In addition, to keep you constantly informed you can also consult our Journal section which contains all the Furnishing Idea magazines dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, such as the edition dedicated to Sicam or Interzum, two of the most important trade fairs in the sector. The magazines can be consulted from the portal or easily downloadable in pdf format.


Thanks to the trust placed in us by many manufacturers, our portal is now recognized both nationally and internationally. In fact, there are already many internationally recognized and established companies in the sector, including the AIPEF group (Italian Flexible Expanded Polyurethanes Companies) which promotes scientific information on the use of flexible polyurethane foam in the sectors in which it is used.

FederlegnoArredo 2021 data: growing trend for the furniture sector

The findings of the Monitor of FederlegnoArredo's Study Center in the first half of 2021, show a growing trend for the furniture sector evidenced by +21.4% of Italian sales and +5.7% of exports compared to 2019.
The total production of the wood-furniture supply chain stands at 39 billion euros, of which 15 billion euros are destined for exports, more than 300 thousand employees and 71,500 companies, with a positive trade balance of 7.6 billion euros. The furniture macro-system is worth 21 billion euros, of which 11 billion euros are for exports and 10 billion euros for the domestic market.


Furniture and lighting macro-system: exports

In the first five months of 2021, exports of the furniture and lighting macrosystem recorded strong growth (5.4 billion euros, +43.2%) compared to the same period last year, and at the same time a moderate increase (+5.7% compared to 2019) even compared to 2019 figures, when exports were worth 5.1 billion euros.
The top five trade outlets are represented by France (988.5 million euros, +53.7% compared to Jan-May 2020; +15.3% compared to Jan-May 2019), the United States (573.5 million euros; +73.7%; +35.2%), Germany (555.5 million euros; +32.8%; +8.6%) United Kingdom and Switzerland constitute. The top 25 destination markets also showed positive trends, reflecting the good health of our exports.


Furniture and lighting macro-system: domestic market

According to data from the FederlegnoArredo Study Center in the first half of 2021, an increase of 56.2% emerges, compared to the corresponding period of 2020, with a recovery in particular on the Italian market (+65%). Considering also the data of the 1st half of 2019, it emerges a growth compared to that period +19.5% for Italy sales.
The segments most related to the domestic environment closed 2020 with a more contained decline compared to the -9.1% of the entire supply chain, thanks mainly to the partial recovery recorded from June last year. On the other hand, the sectors that paid the heaviest price were those, such as office (-20%) and professional and commercial furniture, that are more linked to non-residential sectors and those that are strongly exposed to foreign markets, as in the case of Lighting and contract.


The problem of availability of raw materials and their price

Furniture companies highlight above all the problem of the availability of raw materials and their price, but also fear that the propensity to purchase of families may return to sectors such as tourism, clothing etc. to the detriment of the home.
However, the general trend appears to be positive, especially for the Italian market, which is taking on a more important role than in recent years, thanks in part to tax incentives. Forecasts, therefore, also show positive signs (on average +22.9%, without substantial differences between Italy and abroad). Many hypothesize a closing of the year 2021 compared to 2020 between +10 and +30%.


A positive trend confirmed by ISTAT data

The wood-furnishing supply chain represents one of the most important Italian manufacturing sectors, an integrated economic chain, from the raw material to the finished product, which creates a flow of high-value products. The trend expressed by companies is also confirmed by the latest available ISTAT data: the latest index of industrial production (calculated on the volume of production), released by Istat for the period January-June 2021, indicates for Furniture companies a rebound of +48.7%; +7.7% compared to 2019; well Kitchens (+64.4%, +15.1% on 2019) while backward (-10.0% on 2019) furniture for offices and stores. Also positive is the industrial production figure for Lighting (Ateco 27.4: +49.5%, +19.9% January-June 2021 over 2019).

In the photo, supersalone 2021, Bonaldo stand (ph. Diego Ravier)

Antolini Marbles: natural materials for projects of high aesthetic and functional value

The exclusive Azerocare®Plus technology offers permanent protection without colour or tactile alterations
Category: Mineral materials
Publication date: 27/11/2023

Cleaf and Ernestomeda: a winning partnership

The synergy between the two companies allows to create high quality surfaces, able to guarantee surprising results in terms of aesthetics and materiality
Category: Printed Decorative Papers
Publication date: 20/01/2023
Company: Cleaf S.p.a.

Decorative laminates Colors Collection: from Abet Laminati over 140 solid colors inspired by spring

Available in various types, the surfaces are ideal for any environment, both domestic and contract
Category: Laminates for furniture
Publication date: 06/04/2022

FSC certification in Italy: from the 2021 report a fast growing trend

The indoor and outdoor furniture sector sees a record 99 new certifications in 2021
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 11/02/2022

Digitalisation in furniture production: an opportunity for companies

Interesting remarks by Andrea Silvestri, Manufacturing & Solutions Specialists Team Leader at Lectra
Category: Cutting systems and software for the padding industry
Publication date: 28/01/2021
Company: Lectra Italia

The design industry and the challenge of recovery: the theme of the 6th Design Summit Pambianco Interni

Pambianco Research has highlighted how digital and sustainability will be the strongest trends in the medium term
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 02/08/2020

The home package and all the facilities that will positively affect the sector

The 2020 budget package includes a number of important measures related to housing
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 27/01/2020

More than 200 entrepreneurs and operators at the General Assembly of Federlegno Arredo

The wood-furniture supply chain confirms its proactive and innovative will
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 21/06/2019

The 2018 preliminary results of Federlegno confirm the recovery of the furniture sector

The sector recorded a 2018 production up by 1.8% compared to 2017
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 25/02/2019

The 2018 Catas Academy program

The new issues addressed by the wood-furniture supply chain
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 27/02/2018